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Dragon Carpet

Object Name:
Carpet
Date:
17th century
Geography:
Azerbaijan, Kuba
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wool (weft and pile); cotton (warp)
Dimensions:
H. 170 in. (431.8 cm) W. 90.00 in. (228.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
The James F. Ballard Collection, Gift of James F. Ballard, 1922
Accession Number:
22.100.122
  • Description

    This rug represents the village carpet-weaving tradition of the Caucasus that was contemporaneously with court production in Ottoman Turkey and Safavid Iran. While rugs produced in royal workshops had flowing, floral patterns, those from provincial weaving centers retained a strongly geometric character. The motif of highly stylized dragons, which are depicted here, gave the name "Dragon Carpet" to this type of rug which was produced in Trans-Caucasia.

  • Provenance

    James F. Ballard, St. Louis, MO (until 1922; gifted to MMA)

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